Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/15

Game 1: Thursday, November 15th
Game 2: Friday, March 15th

Nuggets 102


Magic 124

(35-30, 21-10 home)

    Coverage: FSRM

    7:30 PM ET, March 15, 2002

    Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    DEN 26 32 25 19102
    ORL 33 31 29 31124

    Top Performers

    Den: J. Howard 20 Pts, 11 Reb, 3 Ast

    Orl: T. McGrady 30 Pts, 7 Reb, 9 Ast, 6 Stl, 2 Blk

    TV pays the price for Hardaway's frustration

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Tim Hardaway came up with a new temper tantrum twist: a television toss.

    Tracy McGrady


    Orlando's Tracy McGrady looks for an opening between Denver's Antonio McDyess, left, and Calbert Cheaney.

    Hardaway was ejected with 7:20 left in the third quarter after picking up his second technical foul as the Nuggets lost 124-102 Friday night to the Orlando Magic.

    As he left the court, the Nuggets guard picked up a courtside monitor used by the Magic's television announcers and threw it.

    The monitor bounced around without breaking apart before coming to a stop just outside of the center circle. Orlando's Darrell Armstrong brought the crowd to its feet again when he picked up the monitor, brought it back where it belonged and plugged it in.

    "I was mad," Hardaway said. "I kept getting fouled and nothing was done. Armstrong was all over me all night. I was thinking of throwing a TV. I was in the right frame of mind."

    After the game, Hardaway and Armstrong autographed the monitor, which will be auctioned off with the proceeds going to the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation.

    Tracy McGrady had 30 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and a career-high six steals. Troy Hudson added 24 points, Monty Williams and Pat Garrity had 18 each and the Magic scored 33 points off 27 Denver turnovers.

    "We continue to do the worst thing we can do and that's turn the ball over," Denver coach Mike Evans said. "They converted 33 points off turnovers tonight."

    Juwan Howard was held to only two second-half points yet still led the Nuggets with 20 points.

    "Orlando is still playing for a playoff spot," said Denver's George McCloud. "Tracy is terrific. He can handle, he can shoot and every night he's going to get his points."

    Orlando outscored Denver 31-19 in the fourth quarter.

    "Maybe we should sponsor a television throw for our next game," said Orlando coach Doc Rivers. "It was obviously the most exciting thing to happen in the game. Darrell and Tim were going at it all game, they both talk and Darrell can get under your skin."

    "Tim got the last word in though. It was pretty original."

    Orlando held a 64-58 advantage at the half thanks in part to 12 Denver turnovers. The Magic had three players score in double figures in the first half, McGrady had 19 points, Hudson scored 14 and Monty Williams added 12.

    Howard led Denver with 18 points. Antonio McDyess added 12 for the Nuggets. Denver outrebounded the Magic 25-10 in the first half.

    "I wasn't happy with the way we played in the first half," said Rivers. "We didn't seem to play defense. For a while, I thought McDyess and Howard weren't going to miss a shot."

    Game notes

    In his first 10 games with the Nuggets, Howard has averaged 20.7 points and 8.5 rebounds. He has led the Nuggets in scoring six times. ... McGrady has scored 137 points in the Magic's past four games, including a career-high 50-point effort against the Wizards March 8. ... Hudson, who will be a free agent at the end of the season, has come off the bench to score 20 or more points seven times this season. ... The Nuggets are a dismal 1-30 this season when allowing their opponents to score 99 points or more.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 102 124
    FGM-FGA 42-84 (.500) 46-84 (.548)
    3PM-3PA 2-8 (.250) 7-27 (.259)
    FTM-FTA 16-22 (.727) 25-28 (.893)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-43 3-27
    Assists 26 28
    Turnovers 27 12
    Steals 9 17
    Blocks 0 9
    Fast Break Points 5 13
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (2/0) 24 (3/0)

    Top Performers

    Juwan Howard Howard
    Points: 20
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Tracy McGrady McGrady
    Points: 30
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 6
    Blk: 2